patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈte-lə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ pə-​ˈte-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce patellae (audio) , -​ˌlī \ or patellas

Definition of patella

: a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint

called also kneecap

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Other Words from patella

patellar \ pə-​ˈte-​lər How to pronounce patellar (audio) \ adjective

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Iosefa out Senior linebacker Jordan Iosefa dislocated his patella and suffered cartilage damage in his knee, Helton said. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC quarterback JT Daniels looks ‘more relaxed’ in new system," 6 Aug. 2019 Expected back on the floor this season is two-season starting point guard Ray Ona Embo, who missed the entire 2018-19 season after a patella tendon injury that initially sidelined him just for the start of the season. Christopher Dabe, nola.com, "Tulane officially announces new-look basketball roster with 8 newcomers," 3 June 2019 My patella kept dislocating, and the pain was excruciating. Zoe Wilder, Good Housekeeping, "My Knee Surgery Led to a Pill Addiction," 12 July 2015 During the surgery, a doctor removed a tension wire in his knee that was placed there during a repair of his fractured patella at the end of the 2014-15 season. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Report: Celtics star Kyrie Irving to miss rest of regular season, playoffs," 5 Apr. 2018 Miller was on the DL twice last season with patella tendinitis. BostonGlobe.com, "WR Brandon Marshall catches on with Seahawks," 30 May 2018 The team also had good news, too: the removal of the wire should alleviate the soreness, and the patella has healed completely. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Celtics: Kyrie Irving will resume basketball activities in 3-6 weeks after knee procedure," 24 Mar. 2018 The wire was inserted in the knee during the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals, according to the Celtics. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Celtics: Kyrie Irving will resume basketball activities in 3-6 weeks after knee procedure," 24 Mar. 2018 Nicolas missed last season because of a ruptured patella tendon, suffered in the final game of the 2016 season. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs-Browns trade that brought tight end to KC is called off | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of patella

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish

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patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈte-lə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ -​ˈte-​lē , -​ˈte-​ˌlī \ or patellas

Kids Definition of patella

patella

noun
pa·​tel·​la | \ pə-ˈtel-ə How to pronounce patella (audio) \
plural patellae\ -​ˈtel-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce patellae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce patellae (audio) \ or patellas

Medical Definition of patella

: a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee, protects the front of the joint, increases the leverage of the quadriceps, and is usually regarded as a sesamoid bone since it is developed in the tendon of the quadriceps and in structure is similar to other sesamoid bones

called also kneecap, kneepan

Other Words from patella

patellar \ -​ər How to pronounce patellar (audio) \ adjective

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